Grain facts and general information about grain products.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Where Does Grain Come From:
Grains are fruits of grasses and plants. Whole kernels are called
Why we Need Grains:
Grains are a source of protein, carbohydrates and other minerals.
Rice- brown or white
Cornmeal or polenta
Grains also include wheat which is what we consume the most.
Wheat includes bread, pasta, flour, and many cereals. Whole
wheat is the best for your nutrition.
Grain Storage Tips:
Store in air tight containers. Many grains like white rice, white
flour and oats will last a long time stored this way. Brown rice,
whole wheat flour can be stored in your freezer or use within a few
months if stored in kitchen cupboards as they can go rancid.
Grain Cooking Tips:
Always cook in a bigger pot as grains will fluff up and take more
room when cooked.
To enhance flavor you can toast grains in a small amount of oil.
Such as this recipe:
Grain Recipes: Our Favorite Rice
In frying pan brown 3 Cups of rice in 1 Tablespoon butter and
2 Tablespoons oil. Add in chopped onions or celery** if using.
Brown until rice is glassy looking. Add 3 Cups of water or chicken
broth to the rice. Cover and cook 20 minutes or until rice is
**You can also sauté 1 Cup chopped onions and/or 1 Cup chopped
celery with the butter and oil.